Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

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The former estate of a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park combines lavish living with natural beauty. At the heart of the 1,416 hectare (3,500 acre) estate sits Flat Top Manor, a massive Colonial Revival-style mansion built in 1901. The manor now houses the Parkway Craft Center, which displays handmade crafts by local artists. Due to Moses Cone's interest in conservation, the estate contains large forests of white pine and hemlock hedges, as well as man-made lakes filled with bass and trout. You can explore the grounds on carriage trails which guide you through the estate; they also wind past the family cemetery and near the carriage and apple barn. Using our world travel planner, Blowing Rock attractions like Moses H. Cone Memorial Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful stop on the parkway to do some walking and explore the estate lands. Craft center full of beautiful handcrafted Appalachia art and crafts.  more »
  • The Cone Memorial Park is land that used to be owned by wealthy merchant Moses Cone who built the Flat Top Manor on the grounds. The grounds are impressive and worth a couple hours of exploration. The...  more »
  • I visited for the first time in over 20 years and it was just as nice as it was back then! We really enjoyed browsing the crafts for sale inside the home! Beautiful work done and for sale by local art...  more »
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  • Very scenic and beautiful view of lake and woods. Beautiful building with historical significance. Gets very crowded during fall colors and hard to get parking space.
  • Very nice park with wonderful views and beautiful old home with local crafts for sell. This is a very nice stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are also clean bathrooms. I took the hike up to the lookout tower. The walk was through beautiful meadows and wooded areas. The view from the top of the tower is spectacular.
  • Loved learning the history about the Manor.. Love the view and surroundings.. Years ago used to go horse backing thru those beautiful rolling hills.. Missed a chance to see the upper level..hopefully next time I'm up I'll get to
  • Fun for the day or a few hours. Lots of well groomed trails for hiking or jogging. Trails do have horses on occassion...so keep the pets on a leash! Great spot for kids too.
  • Moses Cone is an easily accessible park just off the parkway with great views and trails. The Manor and main parking area has restrooms, handicap access and is appropriate for any mobility level. Our favorite hike starts here and ventures through the park to Flat Top Fire Tower (about 2.5 miles and uphill). The top of the fire tower offers views of Grandfather mountain, Howard's Knob, Elk Knob and Table Rock/Hawksbill mountains at Linville Wilderness Gorge. Horses are allowed ok these trails so be on the lookout for droppings. Great spot with lots of other hiking trails nearby (Bass Lake, Trout Lake, Rich Mountain).